VIRGINIA DISASTER RECOVERY UPDATE State and Federal Aid Surpasses $8.7 Million For April-May Storms, Flooding

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Media Contacts:
FEMA – Josie Pritchard        (276) 973-0078
VDEM – Suzanne Simmons   (276) 973-0063
SBA –     Colleen Hiam           (716) 282-4612


        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
       
June 17, 2002
        FEMA-1411-DR-VA-43


Note to Editors: The following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts to flooding and tornadoes that affected several regions of Virginia. This information is current as of June 17 and will be updated periodically.


VIRGINIA DISASTER RECOVERY UPDATE
State and Federal Aid Surpasses $8.7 Million For
April-May Storms, Flooding




  • Because of a presidential disaster declaration, the counties of Bedford, Buchanan, Campbell, Cumberland, Greensville, Prince Edward, Shenandoah and Tazewell and the independent city of Bedford are eligible for federal disaster assistance due to tornadoes, severe storms and flooding that occurred from April 28 through May 3.



  • All areas have been designated for the Individual Assistance Program, which aids individuals, while Buchanan and Tazewell counties have also been designated for Public Assistance, which provides funding to jurisdictions to repair public infrastructure.



  • To date, 1,429 residents in the declared localities have registered for disaster assistance.



  • 957 disaster housing checks totaling more than $1.91 million have been approved for individuals to assist with temporary housing and minor home repairs.



  • A total of 752 people have visited Disaster Recovery Centers seeking information concerning disaster assistance. The center in Tazewell closed on May 24, while the location at the Hurley Middle School remains in operation from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.



  • State officials have approved more than $735,000 in funds for 212 registrations for Individual and Family Grant (IFG) assistance. IFG may be used to cover disaster-related expenses, such as essential home repairs, replacement of personal property, transportation, and necessary expenses not covered by insurance or other programs.



  • Individuals may apply for disaster assistance by calling FEMA’s toll-free registration line at 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing-impaired. The lines are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The deadline to register is July 5.



  • The FEMA Public Assistance Program has obligated more than $4.53 million to Buchanan and Tazewell counties, which includes funds for debris removal and the repair of roads, bridges, public buildings and utilities.



  • The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $1.56 million in low-interest disaster assistance loans.



  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance is now available through the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) for those who lost income because of the disaster, including farmers, farm workers, and other self-employed individuals. The deadline for filing an application with VEC is June 21 for residents of Bedford, Campbell, Cumberland, Greensville, Prince Edward, Shenandoah counties and the independent city of Bedford.






    Virginia Disaster Statistics


    Registrations ………………………………………………………………………… 1429
    Disaster Housing ($ Approved) …………………………………. $1,914,153.63
    Public Assistance ($ Obligated) ………………………………… $4,532,435.41
    IFG ($ Approved) ……………………………………………………….. $735,679.00
    SBA loans ($ Approved) ……………………………………………. $1,567,800.00
    Persons who visited Recovery Centers ………………………………………752
    Deadline for Disaster Unemployment ………………………………… June 21
    Deadline to register for disaster assistance …………………………… July 5





NOTE TO EDITORS: Information on the Southwest Virginia disaster is also available on FEMA’s homepage on the Internet at www.fema.gov, or VDEM’s homepage at www.vaemergency.com. Information also is available through FEMA’s 24-fax-on-demand service by calling (202) 646-FEMA. RADIO NEWS DIRECTORS: For recorded actualities on response and recovery operations call the FEMA Radio Network at 1-800-323-5248. 

 

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund